Join us for the 3rd Annual Columbia River Canoe Journey Landing.
- What: Gathering at Kettle Falls and Salmon Ceremony
- When: Thursday, June 22, 2018, at 9am
- Where: Harter, Kettle Falls
- Event details: Join us for the canoes’ arrival, prayer, food, followed by a salmon ceremony.
For more information, view the invitation.
About the Canoe Journey
The five Upper Columbia United Tribes (UCUT) will journey in dugout canoes to Kettle Falls, their traditional fishing spot for thousands of years on the Columbia River. In 2016, the tribes made this trip for the first time in over 80 years. Over the last three years, the tradition has continued as more tribal members have joined the journey, celebration and salmon ceremony.
A major goal of the event is to draw attention to the tribes’ efforts to restore fish passage and the health of the Columbia River. This year, the journey will have a new significance, as the U.S. and Canada started negotiations on the Columbia River Treaty in May 2018 without tribal presence. For the past 50 years, the Columbia River Treaty excluded tribal participation in its governance and implementation.
UCUT remains firm that any negotiations must include tribes at the table. Tribes and First Nations are advocating a third major purpose be included in a modernized Columbia River Treaty: ecosystem-based function—meaning: operations supporting a healthy river, including the fish, wildlife, habitat and forests. Changing how the Columbia River is managed is important to ensuring future descendants have a healthy home that includes clean water and salmon.